Exhibition & Event

Bankley’s first artist residency exhibition for 2015 has drawn to a close and artists Martin Olsson and Gary Andrew Clarke celebrated its ending by hosting a fabulous wrap party.
The selling show was a great success and we are proud to share the news that Martin Olsson enjoyed his stint at Bankley so much that he decided to join us permanently and become a member.
We’ll be seeing much more of both Martin and Gary around the gallery I’m sure.









Thirty Paintings About Nothing.
A show of paintings by Martin Olsson & Gary Andrew Clarke
Bankley Studios & Gallery, Bankley Street, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3PP
Saturday 14th March – Sunday 29th March 2015
‘Thirty Paintings about Nothing’ is a two person show featuring paintings by Martin Olsson (b.1971) and Gary Andrew Clarke (b.1970). Both are based in Bankley Studio.
Each of the artist’s work in a style best classified as Hard-edge abstraction, an approach that has its roots in 1960s West Coast America. It’s an idea that has a visual interest in pure geometry, and is characterized by its flatness of surface, fullness of colour, economy of form, and avoidance of imagery or metaphor.
Individually, both approach this idea with very different techniques and rules, and as a result the paintings take related but opposite viewpoints on shape, movement, colour, repetition and naming.
In his paintings Gary Andrew Clarke creates energy and movement using the push & pull of simple geometry, colour & tone. He has a longstanding fascination with the mathematically curious ‘Golden Ratio’ number (61.8034, known since classical times, and seen in maths and nature), and this proportion is used to influence the structure of the work, their internal shapes, and the relationships between the two. He lives & works in Stockport.
Martin Olsson’s work develops from a more rigid set of rules, and in this rigidity lays its rationale. He wilfully turns away from activity or movement, being solely interested in the realm of colour and proportion. The solid and strong use of colour is monotonously repeated to stress the bond between each work in the series. Olsson uses symmetry to further purge the surface of action, allowing the viewer to delve into strictly ordered yet functional stillness. He lives & works in Buxton.
Private View Friday 13th March 6.00 – 8.00pm
Open Saturday & Sunday 12.00 – 4.00pm from 14th March – 29th March 2015
Closing & drinks 29th March 2.00 – 4.00pm
Other times by appointment only (please phone 07541 888798 or 07505 905646)
Martin Olsson
Gary Andrew Clarke
Bankley Studio & Gallery


 Friday 28th November, 4-8pm

Saturday 29th November, 12-4pm

The Pop-Up offers visitors the perfect opportunity to buy unique gifts and affordable artwork directly from our resident artists. Join us for a mulled wine or something cold from the bar, and see the exciting diversity of work produced at Bankley Studios across our exhibition space and stalls, including prints, paintings, sculpture, jewellery and much more!

SAMs Art will be also be running a drop-in workshop suitable for all ages where you can make your own Festive Decoration on Friday 28th, from 4-7.30pm.

Munkispanner Clothing // Paul Dodgson // Lucy Harvey // Hannah Brown // Raul Gutierrez
Jane Dzisiewski // Clair Graubner // Ian Massey // Jessica Browning // Linda Spiteri // David Jarrett
Martha Jean Lineham // Stewart Kelly // Eric Morris // Stacey Coughlin

Why not make a night of it with Levy Night Market running over the road from 4-9pm on Friday 28th November? The Levenshulme Market hosts some of the best street food Manchester has to offer, independent traders selling fresh produce and unique gifts alongside live music and a full bar.

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Festive Decorations


Thanks to our artists for a fantastic and thought provoking Wrap Party to close the Bankley Open Call 2014. We heard from Holly Rowan Hesson about her winning installation Spark and her plans for her solo show in 2015, second prize winner Matt Davies about his pieces The Great Imposter and Office Times, Andy Broadey who discussed the ideas behind the Levenshulme Contemporary Art Centre and the documentation of the project within Bankley’s new Project Space, and from abstract painter Martin Olsson who has been awarded our first Artist Residency based within the Project Space.

Martin begins his residency in December and will be creating new work within the Project Space until March 2015 culminating in a solo exhibition, it is the first in what is hoped with be an ongoing residency program.


Andy Broadey


Matt Davies


Martin Olsson

Linkage II

Martin Olsson – Linkage II


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Following on from our immensely successful inaugural Open Call in 2013, which saw over seventy artists submit work from across the UK, this year sees the second Open Call exhibition at Bankley Gallery in Manchester. Submissions are invited from practicing artists working in any 2D or 3D medium, in film and in video.

We again have an impressive panel of art world professionals who have agreed to select the work for the exhibition and who will also decide upon the prizewinners. This year’s panel is comprised of:

Chris Bloor, Co-Director of &Model Gallery, Leeds

Kate Jesson, Curator at Manchester City Art Gallery

Kwong Lee, artist and Director of Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Peter Seal, artist and first prizewinner of Open Call 2013

Work by the selected artists will be exhibited at Bankley Gallery in October, with a private view on the evening of the 10th. Our first prize winner will be awarded  £500 cash and the opportunity to hold a one-person show at Bankley Gallery in 2015, and second prize of £150 art materials voucher to be spent at Fred Aldous, Manchester, will be announced at the opening ceremony. The show will continue until Sunday 26th October.


Peter Seal

Awarded first prize at the Bankley Open Call in 2013, abstract painter Peter Seal showed his paintings and collages at Bankley Gallery in July 2014. Ian Massey, who also wrote an accompanying text on Seal’s work, curated the show. Critical reaction to the work was overwhelmingly positive, and the artist made substantial sales. Read the exhibition text here.


Robin Meganity

Following on from his award of second prize at the Bankley Open Call show in 2013, Robin Megannity was approached by Bureau, Manchester, who offered him a show of his highly accomplished figurative oil paintings. Entitled Compression, Robin’s show was held at Bureau, Manchester (March-May 2014) before then touring to The Studios, New Mills, Derbyshire in July. Read more here.

Read more about last year’s Open Call here:

The deadline for this year’s Bankley Open Call is 5th September, find out about how to enter here:

We’re receiving work this week for the second installment of the A6 Dialogue, a program of exhibitions and discursive events we’ve devised with our friends at PS Mirabel and Third Floor Studios. Our ulterior motive is to create better networks between the studios and artists working in the North West through creative discussions and shared events, and we hope to pick up new studio groups and artists along the way.

We’re the second host of A6 Dialogue, and the project is operating locally at the moment but we hope that next year it can grow and we can pass the baton on to other artist led groups up and down the UK. Let us know if you would like to get involved at: bankleygallery [at] gmail [dot] com.

a6 dialogue two


Read more about it here: and RSVP to our Facebook event page here: